Fisheries head called in Ismailia land seizure case

Judge Osama al-Saidi, tasked by the Justice Ministry with investigating land seizure claims filed against former Mubarak-era officials, has summoned the head of the General Authority for Fish Resources Development (GAFRD) for testimony.

A complaint was filed with the public prosecution accusing ousted President Hosni Mubarak and former Agriculture Minister Youssef Wali of seizing large areas of land owned by the GAFRD in Ismailia and allocating them to the Cooperative Housing Association for Military Pilots in the early 1990s.

Former MP Essam Sharaf filed a complaint accusing former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq of selling plots of this land to Alaa and Gamal Mubarak in 1993, when he was serving as head of the Pilot’s Association.   

Saidi asked the head of GAFRD, Mohamed Fatehy Osman, to submit documents proving that the lands had been seized. Two officials in Suez and Ismailia gave their testimony in the case a few days ago.

Saidi has formed a committee including the Illicit Gains Authority, a number of land authorities and experts from the Tax Authority to examine documents in the case.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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